The Kerlan Collection staff, the Friends of the Kerlan, graduate students, Phd candidates, undergraduates, and volunteers from University of Minnesota, Saint Catherine University, Minnesota College of Art and Design work together to provide access to the holdings of the archives. None of this would be possible without the guidance of Jason Roy
Director, Digital Library Services and Jennifer Claybourne, Digital Projects Assistant.
How Do We Select the Projects?
The projects derive from a question or need.
began with Melissa Sweet’s donation of all of the materials; original art, dummies, research notes, edited manuscripts was a treasure trove of materials from her award winning picture book biography of Tony Sarg.
The Question: How can we share these treasures with teachers and librarians?
- Creating a digital exhibit of this work modeled research in the archives.
- Provided teachers and librarians with primary sources for study
- Created STEM curriculum using materials in the collection.
Grew from the Question, where is the original art?
And that this IS the original art.
What IS Preseperated Art?
And how do we explain the process of preseparation and the printing of children’s books using the materials held in our collection?
We have imbedded short clips from this video discussion within the digital exhibit that explains in words and pictures.
In one reviewers words,
“It is one thing to tell a class of fledgling illustrators about a process and quite another to have these archives to show them. Each entry is informative, instructive, and thoughtfully designed…every art department will find these invaluable.”
was created to answer the question,
“What kind of art is that?”
We knew we were on the right track when one of critical friends, Pat Cummings reviewed the BETA and wrote,
“This is FABULOUS!!!!! It’s really something I’d want my students to be able to access…for inspiration as much as for research. Wonderfully arranged and the information with each technique is helpful and clearly presented.”
And now Little Red Riding Hood
How Can We Model Research in the Kerlan Collection of Children’s Book?
What Topic Crosses Disciplines and That We Can Provide Mentor Texts?
Please click on the link, explore, and be a critical friend in the comment section.